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Ibn Māhān
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, ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā b. Māhān , governor and military leader of the ʿAbbāsid period, who appears first as commander of the caliph’s guard and secretary to the army during the caliphate of al-Mahdī [q.v.]. He remained commander of the guard under Hārūn al-Ras̲h̲īd, who, in 180/796, appointed him as governor of K̲h̲urāsān, in spite of opposition from Yaḥyā al-Barmakī. It is said that he then followed a policy of oppressing the people, which was probably the cause of the revolt of Rāfiʿ b. al-Layt̲h̲; this obliged the caliph to lead an expedition hi…

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Sourdel, D., “Ibn Māhān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3277>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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